Volunteers from all parts of the United States arrived in St. John, Canada by eleven?
Volunteers at dock side, volunteers arriving by bus, pair embraces, buses driving off.
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Background: Volunteers from all parts of the United States arrived in St. John, Canada by eleven chartered buses from Boston on the first leg of a trip that will take then to the sugar fields of Cuba. The purpose of the trip is to show their friendship toward the Cuban people and the Castro government by helping with the sugar harvest.
A Cuban freighter waiting at the St. John docks was set to take them to Cuba for their two and a half month stay. The new volunteers boarded the ship after a group of returning volunteers disembarked and passed through Canadian customs. The returning volunteers boarded the same buses that brought the replacements to Canada. The two group greeted each other warmly. Those returning described their trip as incredible experience. Both groups had to pay their own bus fare and the Cuban government paid all their other expenses. No one received a regular salary.